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Old 02-07-2019, 03:18 AM   #1  
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I will be finishing my CFI in the next couple weeks and we are starting to think about moving from northern Florida to Arizona for a couple reasons. 1. We are a family that likes to experience different areas. And 2. Wanting to move some where that I can build hours quick. The CFIs at my current school are only averaging 30-50 hours a month. What area would one recommend to go to work as a CFI. Also any information on schools. Wife really likes the Prescott area, any good schools around that area?
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I don’t know anything about Arizona, but if you already live in Florida I’m not sure why you’d want to move across the country for a CFI job. That’s an expensive endeavor for very little net gain. You have the best chance here to meet your goals year round. Look up some other schools in different regions of Florida. Many of them will advertise CFI positions on their website and include monthly or weekly flight hour averages.

Also, I understand your desire to time build, but there’s more to CFI than that. If your primary focus is YOU during your time as a CFI, it won’t matter WHERE in the country you go, because your students are going to notice and request another Instructor. Or, if your school is rife with timebuilding ‘instructors’, the students are going to eventually go to another school, and yours will have a bad rep. I wonder if that’s why the CFIs at your current school have averages that low.
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I don’t know anything about Arizona, but if you already live in Florida I’m not sure why you’d want to move across the country for a CFI job. That’s an expensive endeavor for very little net gain. You have the best chance here to meet your goals year round. Look up some other schools in different regions of Florida. Many of them will advertise CFI positions on their website and include monthly or weekly flight hour averages.

Also, I understand your desire to time build, but there’s more to CFI than that. If your primary focus is YOU during your time as a CFI, it won’t matter WHERE in the country you go, because your students are going to notice and request another Instructor. Or, if your school is rife with timebuilding ‘instructors’, the students are going to eventually go to another school, and yours will have a bad rep. I wonder if that’s why the CFIs at your current school have averages that low.
We aren’t moving just for me to be a CFI we are a family that likes to move around and see and experience different places. We lived in Indiana up until I had spent 14 years in a factory and then decided to experience Florida while I went to flight school and start my career change. We are just looking to move out west some where so we can experience living and experiencing an area we have spent little time in. I am excited to be a CFI not only as it is the path I plan to take to build my hours but also share my experience and love for aviation with the students I get to teach. The school I am currently at has a lot of seasond instructors that are there to share their passion. We have retired fed ex pilots and other retired airline pilots that are sharing their knowledge everyday. Also our school has mostly military students coming through that you instruct up to solo then they are gone. I am just looking for options on ways to experience something new with my wife and children while we still can and also build hours towards the end goal. I probably worded my first post a little wrong about wanting to move just to build hours. I hope to also use a move to a different region to build on my experience as a pilot in different airspace and terrain challenges.
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Ah, I gotcha now. You sounded like a much different pilot in the OP. The dreadful timebuilding ‘doesn’t really care’ Instructor. Sorry if I Knee-jerked in my response.

As for your current school, the average student being a presolo military pilot is unusual. I would expect monthly flight time averages at most schools to be 70+ hrs for instructors. Much more than 80 and you’ll be exhausted. I would be wary of a school that promises near 100 hrs a month. They will probably work you like a sled dog.

Good luck to you brother.
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Ah, I gotcha now. You sounded like a much different pilot in the OP. The dreadful timebuilding ‘doesn’t really care’ Instructor. Sorry if I Knee-jerked in my response.

As for your current school, the average student being a presolo military pilot is unusual. I would expect monthly flight time averages at most schools to be 70+ hrs for instructors. Much more than 80 and you’ll be exhausted. I would be wary of a school that promises near 100 hrs a month. They will probably work you like a sled dog.

Good luck to you brother.
No problem. Yeah my current school deals mostly with military initial flight training with a few civilians like myself that are going all the way. As long as the military sends students you can build time but you will be doing a lot of stalls and landings. No cross country or night time training. It has been a great school for me and I have learned a lot from the experienced guys that are there we are just looking for a different experience. We are looking for our place that we would like to lay down some roots.
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